Nadal defeats Thiem to capture 11th French Open title

Rafael Nadal is one set away from what would be a record-extending 11th French Open title, having taken the second set 6-3 in the final against Dominic Thiem.

Nadal landed his record 11th French Open title this afternoon, beating Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

This is Nadal's 17th grand slam title. It was a first Grand Slam final for Thiem, a 24-year-old Austrian.

Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, was appearing in a major final for the first time.

A left hand cramp in the third and final set proved to be no real obstacle for Nadal, the Spaniard showing he was approaching his best form ahead of the grass court season.

Nadal called on the trainer to get his forearms massaged twice in the final set but even that problem failed to improve Thiem's chances of emulating fellow Austrian Thomas Muster's 1995 triumph.

Nadal's introduction included a year-by-year accounting of every time he'd already won the title at Roland Garros.

No stranger to rewriting the record books along with his friendly rival, Roger Federer, here is another feat for the Spaniard: He joined Margaret Court in becoming the only tennis players in history to win the same grand slam 11 times. He's the only player to beat Nadal on clay in the past two years - in Rome last year and in Madrid last month.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. That led to 34 winners (eight more than Nadal), but also 42 unforced errors (18 more than Nadal). After Nadal held there for 5-4, Thiem basically handed over the next game - and the set - by making four mistakes in a row.

"I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years", Nadal told Thiem afterward.

Just 45 percent of Thiem's first serves went in, compared to Nadal's 65 percent.

He bagged the second set when Thiem sent a backhand long.

Still, Nadal was able to complete the job on court Philippe-Chatrier.

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